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Upcoming World of Warcraft Content Details
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent interview gives Blizzard Entertainment's Jeff Kaplan a chance to discuss some of the upcoming changes patch 1.10 will bring to World of Warcraft. The world's most popular MMORPG will gain a redesign and reset of the Priest talent tree, the ability to upgrade certain armor sets, and new weather effects.

1UP: Like Paladins in the last patch, you've now redone the talent tree for Priests. Had too many players spent their points in ways that were detrimental to their effectiveness in the endgame, or were there other, deep-seeded reasons for this decision?

Jeff Kaplan: It's not a matter of spending points in certain ways; we simply felt there was room for improvement in the class. The talent reviews take place to ensure that the talent trees are balanced when faced with today's playstyles and encounters. The face of the game has changed significantly since launch, and these reviews help to update the classes along with this content.

A short description of the upcoming changes and the entire interview can be found at the site listed below. WoW Patch 1.10 Changes
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Avernum 4 Beta Patch plus New Blades Scenario
6:11 AM | Anthony Wang | 9 comments

Spiderweb Software has released a beta v1.0.1 patch for Avernum 4 and a new Blades of Avernum user created scenario. The beta patch fixes several bugs and enhances graphics in the game. The new scenario for Blades of Avernum, Magus of Cattalon pitches you against rogue magi and is medium difficulty with a Teen content rating.

1-30-2006: A new Blades of Avernum scenario has been added. You can download Magus of Cattalon from our Untried Blades of Avernum page.
1-30-2006: We have released a tentative, beta v1.0.1 for Avernum 4 for fixes a variety of irritating bugs and adds some improved graphics. If you have any problems with the new version, let us know.
Click on the links below to download the Avernum 4 beta patch and to learn more about the New Blades of Avernum scenario.

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Sid Meier Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Next Generation has posted an Edge Magazine interview with legendary game designer Sid Meier. The interview covers his early days, the beginnings of the Civilization games, and the possibility of a fifth game in the popular series.

"There was a war-game called Empire which had the quality of exploring and revealing the world map that I really enjoyed and actually there was a board game called Civilization but that didn't really figure into our game too much as it was limited to ancient times.

"Taking those concepts, the interacting systems we'd experimented with in Railroad Tycoon and the idea of history - of the Roman cities and culture and then taking that all the way up to the present - seemed really fun.

"What triggered it for me was that in Empire there was no technology. You started off with a handful of units and by the end of the game you'd have 200, so it got totally bogged down. I was thinking about how to get around that problem and the answer was to get better units, not more of them. So we needed to do technology, and then why not have the time periods? It almost evolved from trying to solve that one problem."

To read the full interview follow the link below.

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Civilization III Complete Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of the recent Mac release of Civilization III: Complete. CIII:C includes the original game and two expansion packs never before seen on a Mac: Conquests and Play the World. The Game Room gave the turn based strategy compilation four out of five mice.

From the review:

Civilization III also includes two add-ons that never made it the Mac—Conquests and Play the World. The more noteworthy of these is Play the World. It adds a multiplayer component that lets you compete against other Civ III enthusiasts online—something Mac fans have longed for. This is the way Civilization III was intended to be played. Unfortunately, since the multiplayer support is not crossplatform, you’ll only be able to challenge other Mac players.

The Conquests add-on provides nine additional scenarios to play through—campaigns that will test your mettle in a variety of scenarios including ancient Mesopotamia , Roman times, Napoleonic times, and so on. Conquests emphasizes civilization-to-civilization combat. So if you’re a lover, not a fighter, you may not find much to like here.

To check out the full review click the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Civ III Complete Review
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Littlewing Newsletter: New Fairy Tower Info
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In the company's latest newletter LittleWing Pinball offered some new information about their upcoming pinball game Fairy Tower. The third chapter of background story for the game is available on the Fairy Tower development site as well as an image of part of the playfield.

From Chapter 3:

Golem standing beside the tower seemed like a hill for small fairies as he was about eight feet tall. He put a suit of shining silver armor which was very firmly built on his body made from reddish brown mud. Big thick fingers of his hands and feet had Eagle-like big blue claws. He looked like a huge mud doll.
Fairy Tower is scheduled for release this Summer. Those who answer a short questionaire on pinball game features have the chance to win a free copy of Fairy Tower.

To view the latest bit of background and check out the small glimpse of the game's playfield follow the link below.

Fairy Tower Backstory and Playfield Image
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